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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Battle of Pennsylvania kicks off at the Wells Fargo Center

Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 7:00 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Philadelphia Flyers (1-6-0--2pts)
vs
  Pittsburgh Penguins (5-1-0--10pts)
TV: CSN RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

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1. BATTLEGROUND STATE
This is the first of five meetings between the Flyers and Penguins this season, making the Pens one of just two teams (Washington), the Flyers will play five times this year… The road team has won eight of the previous 12 meetings between the two teams… The Flyers went 1-2-1 against the Pens last season, but dropped both contests at home… In the four-game season series, the team's combined for 27 goals (FLYERS-12, PENGUINS-15)… Jakub Voracek had five goals and six points in the four-game season series last year against Pittsburgh… All-time, the Flyers have 142 victories against the Penguins, owning a 142-84-30-8 mark and 92-28-8-4 in Philadelphia.

2. GETTING PHYSICAL
The Flyers rank sixth in the league in hits (190) and second in blocked shots (111)… Zac Rinaldo has 29 hits over the first seven games and is tied for second in the league in that category, while Nicklas Grossmann leads the Flyers in blocked shots with 18 (T-6th in NHL)… The Flyers rank 27th in the NHL in penalty minutes through seven games with 125, despite only seven minutes in penalties in their last game… Last season, the two teams combined for 94 PIM's in the four-game season series - each team had 47 minutes.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
The Penguins have scored at least three goals in every game so far this season… Pittsburgh also comes in with the NHL's best power play at 35.3% (6-for-17)… Marc-Andre Fleury has a five-game win streak to begin the season - his second-longest winning streak to open the season… Former Flyer Harry Zolnierczyk was recalled by the Penguins earlier this week and could be in the lineup against the Flyers tonight… Claude Giroux has averaged 22:04 ice time per game, which ranks fourth among NHL forwards… Giroux has 20 career points (9g-11a) in 23 games against the Pens.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Tye McGinn - (RW) #15
Since his recall on Sept. 12, McGinn has posted three goals in his two games with the club, including his first career two-point game on Tuesday vs. Vancouver… McGinn plays alongside Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, who have combined for four points (each have a pair of assists) since McGinn's recall… This will be McGinn's first game against the Penguins in his career.

5. Player to watch PENGUINS: Sidney Crosby - (C) #87
Crosby leads the NHL in scoring and averages two points per game with 12 points (5g-7a) in six games so far this season… Crosby has recorded at least a point in every game this season and has a combined seven points (3g-4a) in his last two games… Against the Flyers, Crosby had five points (1g-4a) in four games last season and all-time he averages at least an assist per game (43) with a total of 71 points (28g-43a) in 43 games against the Flyers.

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"It gets pretty emotional when we play Pittsburgh. It's very emotional. We get fired up, they get fired up and we're looking for some good emotion."
- Craig Berube

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
7 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
11 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 54 16 30 -8 46
J. Voracek 54 8 35 -3 43
W. Simmonds 54 20 16 -7 36
B. Schenn 52 15 15 1 30
S. Gostisbehere 36 10 20 4 30
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 51 9 9 -5 18
M. Raffl 54 7 7 5 14
S. Laughton 52 4 10 -7 14
M. Del Zotto 52 4 9 -8 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 13 14 7 .917 2.65
M. Neuvirth 11 6 3 .932 2.13
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